The pineapple plant is quite unique. The first time I saw a pineapple plant I had to do a double take. On a recent visit to the Dole Plantation on Oahu, I jotted down several interesting points about growing pineapples in Hawaii. Here’s what I learned:
- It take a pineapple plant 20 months to produce the first fruit. After the first fruit is produced and cut, the plant will produce another 2 crops over approximately three years.
- The crown (the green spiky top of the pineapple) is planted to produce a pineapple plant.
- All pineapples are planted and harvested by hand.
- In an acre, you can grow approximately 28,000 pineapples plants.
- Pineapples grow so well in Hawaii because the soil is rich in iron. (That’s also why the soil in most parts of Hawaii is red. The red color is produced by decomposed volcanic ash resulting in oxidized iron in the soil.)
See more photos of pineapple fields and plants from Hawaii with this link to my collection.